The Federal Communications Commission made the right call Thursday, ruling that access to the Internet will remain equal and unfettered. We’re happy about it. But we can’t help wondering, and worrying, about unintended consequences that could follow in the wake of this ruling.
Very little polarizes our communities and nation more than immigration issues. The only thing that people on all sides can agree on is that current policies aren’t working. Beyond that, it’s chaotic shouting and finger-pointing.
Highly volatile crude oil has begun moving by rail through our Valley, rolling down through Sacramento into Stockton, Modesto and Merced on its way to two refineries in Bakersfield. Unfortunately, the trains carrying that oil are no safer today than they were 18 months ago when a train derailed in Lac-Megantic, Canada, killing 47 people and wiping out half the town.
It’s galling that a small group of plastic-bag companies from Texas, South Carolina and New Jersey is trying to determine California’s public policy to protect the lucrative business of trashing California.
You saved the country. You freed millions from enslavement. You set in motion the building of the railroads that linked America “from sea to shining sea.” A law you signed created America’s system of public higher education. You were one of the most quotable presidents ever.